A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley

A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley

by Jane Kamensky


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"A stunning biography…[A] truly singular account of the American Revolution." —Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire

Through an intimate narrative of the life of painter John Singleton Copley, award-winning historian Jane Kamensky reveals the world of the American Revolution, rife with divided loyalties and tangled sympathies.

Famed today for his portraits of patriot leaders like Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, Copley is celebrated as one of America’s founding artists. But, married to the daughter of a tea merchant and seeking artistic approval from abroad, he could not sever his own ties with Great Britain. Rather, ambition took him to London just as the war began. His view from abroad as rich and fascinating as his harrowing experiences of patriotism in Boston, Copley’s refusal to choose sides cost him dearly. Yet to this day, his towering artistic legacy remains shared by America and Britain alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393354867
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 637,306
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jane Kamensky is professor of history at Harvard University and the Pforzheimer Director of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her many books include A Revolution in Color and The Exchange Artist, a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Chapter 1 The Provincial Eye 9

Chapter 2 A Dazzling of Scarlet 39

Chapter 3 The Imperial Eye 76

Chapter 4 A Son of British Liberty 111

Chapter 5 The Marriage Plot 149

Chapter 6 The Tyranny of Liberty 183

Chapter 7 Luxury in Seeing 221

Chapter 8 The American War 254

Chapter 9 Waging Peace 290

Chapter 10 Daughters and Sons 328

Chapter 11 Betsy Copley's Smile 369

Epilogue 394

Acknowledgments 402

Illustrations and Credits 406

A Note on Sources 412

Abbreviations Used in the Notes 414

Notes 417

Index 505

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